Mumps cases on the rise across Texas
On the heels of the Hays County Health Department announcing the first local case of the Zika virus, an old malady has resurfaced — mumps.
In the latest edition of the department’s newsletter is a notice that more than 70 cases of mumps have been reported in Texas. “While the majority of the outbreak has been seen in North Texas, individual cases have been reported here in Central Texas too,” the newsletter says.
A viral disease, mumps “typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite” which is followed by the classic manifestation of swollen salivary glands.
Mumps vaccinations are among the inoculations are available through the health department at 401 Broadway St. and are the best way to protect against the disease.